Politics

Mbabazi, Nshuti y’URwanda, by Dr. Lonzen Rugira (and me)

Instead of celebrating the holidays, Lonzen (and I) are celebrating Lucy (Nshuti) Mbabazi. Almost 3 months ago I learned that my friend Lucy was moving to Ghana to work with EcoBank in West Africa. I wrote something about how I felt about the news I had heard. I didn’t post it. But ‘This is a season to celebrate. Let’s celebrate ...

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#Trump is good and necessary for history. #Thread

1. Many Americans I know have grown so much in the last one year than ever before. They’ve moved from bliss and self-gratitude and entered the proverbial ‘Five Stages of Grief’. #AllRevealedAtLast #ThankYouTrump 2. Now I’d say they are still at denial and bargaining’. That’s ok, they don’t have to follow the stages systematically, they can revisit ‘Anger’ at a later stage. ...

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Betrayal of Africa 2.O

‘I feel like a lone cyclist riding on a ridge, I cannot stop pedaling lest I fall’ -Thomas Sankara This week, on the sidelines of the mythical ‘Festival Panafricain du Cinema de Ouagadougou  (FESPACO), a monument of Thomas Isidore Sankara was unveiled at the very place where he and other comrades were assassinated. Africans are full of praise for the ...

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URwanda: The Universe

I met a young girl who asked me: ‘Ndi Umurundikazi, muzompa nationalite y’URwanda ryari?’ I’m Burundian when will you give me citizenship? I told her our ancestors have already answered that question: Igihugu cyanyu nacyo cyitwa URwanda. Both our countries are called Rwanda. Uva mu URwanda rundi. URundi Rwanda. Uri Umunyarwandakazi rero. The ‘Ru’ in URundi or ‘BuRundi’ means URwanda. ...

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RPF-Nkotanyi: The messenger of hope..     

The Japanese have a philosophy called Kintsugi(金継ぎ, きんつぎ). It is the belief that things are more beautiful because they were once broken and then repaired. The philosophy treats breakage as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise. They use gold to repair the broken objects to highlight how their beauty is thus sublime and priceless, ...

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Decriminalizing Adultery in Rwanda: Comparative Normative Framework: Laws and Jurisprudence

‘A man having sexual relations with another man’s wife is the highest invasion of property and a man cannot receive a higher provocation…’ English Lord Chief Justice John Holt, 1707 Summary: Having examined the Rwandan constitution, Rwandan Positive Law, international law, international jurisprudence and doctrine, this paper highlights potential legal and social inconsistencies in the act of criminalizing adultery, and argues ...

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PETITION ON ABORTION AND CHILD DEFILEMENT

EXEMPTION FROM CRIMINAL LIABILITY FOR ABORTION (Article 140) There shall be no criminal liability if abortion is performed due to one of the following reasons: 1º. If the pregnant person is a minor; 2º. If the victim became pregnant as a result of rape; 3º. If the victim became pregnant after being subjected to a forced marriage; 4º. If the ...

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‘Ibizungerezi’: Rwanda Shouldn’t criminalize Adultery

Summary: By contracting marriage, what do spouses commit themselves to? To find the answer to this question, one must look at the Rwandan Civil Code, Article 171(3o): Procedure for marriage celebration:  Oath of Spouses: ‘I….., having heard what the law obliges the spouses, agree without any coercion that you……..are my wife/husband and we shall cohabit as per our contract and according ...

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The Great Lakes Syndrome

‘What’s past is prologue, what to come in your and my discharge’. Shakespeare, The Tempest. Other than the Middle East, the Great Lakes Region is arguably the hardest geographical location on earth to originate from. Mind you, Mother Nature had been good to us. Our countries are endowed with the most precious resources anyone can wish for; oil, gold, diamond, ...

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Comparative Laws and jurisprudence on Defamation, Libel, Slander and Sedition

Rwandan lawmakers are debating the fate of defamation laws as part of a review/update of the Rwandan Penal Code. I thought I would contribute to the conversation by looking at how other countries have dealt with the question. Legal Analysis Summary: Insult on the person of the President of the Republic, public insult and defamation are considered in many countries ...

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